Caravans win Nasser cricket replay

18Aug 2016
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Caravans win Nasser cricket replay

A superb display by Caravans A has boosted chances of progressing into the quarterfinals of the Division B of the Kazim Nasser Memorial Challenge, edging Aces Super Strikers by 36 runs at the Leaders Club in Dar es Salaam early this week.

The tournament has been organised by the Dar es Salaam Regional Cricket Committee (DRCC) in memory of the late Kazim Nasser, who was the Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA) events and tournament manager.

The two teams had earlier met at the same venue two weeks back but the game was brought to a halt by the DRCC following player taping incident and the body, then, ordered a replay.

After having won the toss, Caravans chose to bat and scored 196 runs all out in 30 overs.
The team managed to regain control of the innings after experiencing a wobble in the early stages, in which Anoop scored 12 runs off 20 balls.

Jitin’s 39 runs off 39 balls, a 14-ball 25 by Rathish and 18 runs off nine balls (two sixes) by skipper, Sreejith Kumar, saw Caravans A continue piling runs in the latter stages of the innings.

The best performance with the bat came from one Manoj, who posted a 42-ball 56 that included 11 boundaries.
Aces Super Strikers’ wicket takers were one Shameer, who finished his spell with three wickets in five overs, and Juma Mohamed, who took two wickets.

The losers then chased their opponents’ score in earnest but were eventually bowled out for 160 runs in 20 overs.
Spirited batting by opening batsman one Reza, who scored 70 runs off 30 balls, did little to help the team turn around its fortunes in the game.

One Amit and one Waheed chipped in with 25 runs off 24 balls and 17 runs off 13 balls, respectively. There was also contribution from Raza Vakil and Mohamed, who scored 12 runs apiece.

Jitin took three wickets in six overs, Rathish and Kumar took two apiece in five and six overs, respectively to stifle Aces Super Strikers’ chase.

“It was a good match. Our batsmen especially the top order, gave us a good start…Manoj, Jitin and Anoop played very sensibly,” Kumar said.

“Aces were scoring at a high speed but I had backed my bowlers and told them we can bounce back if we get a breakthrough. We got the breakthrough and, from there on, our bowlers were excellent.”

Kumar also was delighted in impressive fielding by teammate, Joji Ackarel, who helped the team get an important wicket of Aces’ ace batsman, Salum Jumbe.

Kumar said Caravans A are now looking forward to playing in the last eight’s stage of the Division B, insisting the team will concentrate on one match at a time.

“Before that, we have our next match next week and we will try to win it to be the top team in the group.”
Caravans A have been placed in group 1 of the Division B, which also comprise Amateur Bongos and Gymkhana B.